Richard Diamond, Private Detective
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE
In 1945, Dick Powell portrayed Phillip Marlowe in the movie "Murder My Sweet" based on Raymond Chandler's novel "Farewell My Lovely". This was a radical departure in character for Mr. Powell from a Hollywood song and dance man to a hard-boiled detective. On June 11,1945, the Lux Radio Theater brought "Murder My Sweet" to radio, again with Dick Powell in the lead. These two performances prompted his selection for the part of Richard Rogue, in Rogue’s Gallery after his role for Lux Radio Theater and Richard Diamond came four years later.
Richard Diamond, Private Detective came to NBC in 1949. Diamond was a slick, sophisticated detective, with a sharp tongue for folks who needed it. Diamond enjoyed the detective life, but not as much as entertaining his girl, Helen Asher. After each show, he would croon a number to his Park Avenue sweetheart. Mr. Powell, a former song and dance man, was perfect for the role. He added an extra dimension to the 40's hokey private eye drama.
Diamond was a rough gumshoe that would often get knocked on the head with a revolver butt or other items. His counterpart on the police force was Lt. Levinson who often accepted Diamond's help reluctantly. Levinson would claim to get stomach trouble whenever Diamond would call him and would take bicarbonate to settle his aching stomach. Although they always seem at odds with each other, Diamond and Levinson were best friends.
The plot theme remained fairly constant throughout the entire run of the show, Diamond getting beat up and solving a tough murder case with the support of the police department. Remarkably, for all the gun fights, Diamond never got shot. And for all his bravado, he had a serious case of vertigo.
Helen Asher was portrayed by Virginia Gregg, who also played the part of Brooksie on Let George Do It and Betty Lewis on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Blake Edwards wrote the early shows and also directed a few. Music was composed by David Baskerville and later by Frank Wirth.
In January of 1951, the series moved to ABC under the full sponsorship of Camel cigarettes. Then in May of 1953, the series moved to CBS but all shows were repeats from the 1950-51 Rexall sponsored season on NBC.
Richard Diamond was one of the radio shows which successfully moved to television with David Janssen, later of The Fugitive fame, in the title role of Richard Diamond. The opening scene of the television show often featured the long lovely legs of Mary Tyler Moore, who went on to fame in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Mary was replaced on the Richard Diamond show when it became known that she owned the mystery legs.
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 3 (January 3, 2018): Moved folders, CD 1 added new artwork, deleted old artwork and replaced episode (002) 49-05-01. CDs 1-5 removed text files listing missing shows, CD 5 removed duplicate of episodes 145 and 155 and moved one additional file to CD3, changing the broadcast date. For a detailed list of changes, see file CD#1/Certified Material/Version Changes.txt
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 2b (July 22, 2008):
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Certification Date: January 3, 2018
Certification Version: Version 3
Number of CDs: 5
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Subject: Great Old Time Radio! NOTE Lots of extras on CD1
Contains lots of history extras, for those wanting to know more about the show, the actors, and even the original scripts, which are very historical and might be interesting to writers and fans.
00 Introduction to the OTRR.mp3
01 Richard Diamond Private Detective Intro.mp3
02 Dick Powell Biography.mp3
03 Virginia Gregg Biography.mp3
Dick Powell Intros
Logs and Such
Subject: Best Best Gumshoe Ever on Radio, TV or Film.
I can't think of anything so entertaining on radio and I am constantly whistling the theme tune, by Dick Powell of course.
Subject: Interesting Program, Superb Quality
What really prompted me to review the series was the quality of these recordings. I think that are the finest examples of OTR I've ever heard. There is not one iota of static or hiss. The voices are full and rich. Kudos to those who worked on this series!
Subject: My favorite
shows of its time.
I have spent many afternoons sitting on my back porch listening to this program. They are clever and so much fun.
Dick Powell was one of my favorite actors, and he made
these programs . I really miss this type of writing in today's
" no diallogue, special effects " world.
I thank archive.org every time I listen to these radio shows.
Subject: Great characters
Subject: Who can make a detective show sing?
Much more down-to-earth than Sherlock Holmes, willing to use a gun (unlike the Shadow,) also much more of a flirt than the Shadow was-with or without Helen being on the scene.
The alltime best episode is "The $200,000 Bundle," closely followed by their 1940s version of "A christmas Carol," and a show about a kidnapped seal. not a Navy seal, a seal that barks like Jimmy connors used to.
There are more good episodes here than I could name. Top shelf stuff. OTRR has done it again.
Subject: Lighthearted, Improbable, Entertaining.
Subject: I met Pamela Powell
Subject: meeting BLAKE EDWARDS
Subject: A Diamond in the Rough?
Of course, Richard Diamond later came to TV with David Janssen (yeah, that guy from the Fugitive) taking over the part of Diamond. (He was hand-picked by Dick Powell for the role, incidentally). The TV show managed to keep the humor and the high quality writing of the radio program although the "loud whistling" and the song at the end were lost.
Personally, I've always enjoyed Dick Powell's singing and I was glad he added that to the radio show since he had quit doing musical comedies some years earlier (that was how he started---then came "Murder, My Sweet" and Dick Powell demonstrated he could out tough-guy the tough-guys. I give this program my highest rating!
One reviewr here comments that :it is a pity Powell didn't live longer". He outlived Bogart. Powell died in 1963---Bogie in 1957. Powell was just interested in other things than acting (or singing) like producing and directing. Incidentally he was one of many who died of cancer as a result of the film THE CONQUEROR (which he directed) and which was filmed in St George, Utah---directly downwind from the above ground atomic bomb testing that was going on. In addition to Powell, 46 others have died of cancer who were involved with the movie including John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, and Susan Hayward. For more visit http://www.utahgothic.com/movies/johnwayne.html
Subject: Richard Diamond - Richard Powell
Indeed Powell found a comfortable role in Richard Diamond and it is regrettable that he didn't live longer and become a greater film noir star than Humphrey Bogart.
Subject: Simply Fantastic
Subject: RICHARD DIAMOND THE BEST DETECTIVE SHOW EVER
Subject: Richard Diamond is a Jewel!
This collection is superb.
The audio fidelity is good to excellent.
The extra features in the The Old Time Radio Researchers Group archive files include: Biographies, publicity shots, and actual scripts of the broadcasts with on-air notes!
This series has great dialogue, humor, sound effects, music and (believe it or not) closing songs by crooner Powell.
Subject: Great Entertainment
Subject: A Great Series
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